Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol

Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol

by William C. Davis
     
 

John C. Breckinridge rose to prominence during one of the most turbulent times in America's history. Born to a well-known Kentucky family in 1821, he became a celebrated statesman, heroic soldier, and supporter of compromise. Widely respected, even by his enemies, for his dedication to moderate liberalism, Breckinridge's charisma and integrity led to his election

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John C. Breckinridge rose to prominence during one of the most turbulent times in America's history. Born to a well-known Kentucky family in 1821, he became a celebrated statesman, heroic soldier, and supporter of compromise. Widely respected, even by his enemies, for his dedication to moderate liberalism, Breckinridge's charisma and integrity led to his election as Buchanan's Vice President at age 35, the youngest in America's history.

After a decade out of print, Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol returns as the stirring biography of one of Kentucky's great moderates. Historian William C. Davis was the first to write a comprehensive biography about Breckinridge, offering a laudatory account of Breckinridge's spectacular political rise from state legislator to Vice President that distinguished his antebellum career.

Davis places the too-often overlooked Breckinridge in his rightful place in the framework of American history through a remarkable collection of sources, including previously unknown documents and letters, as well as the papers of his associates and extensive aid from the Breckenridge family. A true Kentucky hero, "Old Breck's" bravery in battle, dedication to the pursuit of truth, and unique ability to win the loyalty of others rank him alongside Henry Clay and Simon Kenton. In this welcome return of an important volume, Breckinridge presents the life of a man whose life and legacy contains valuable insight into our nation's history.

"Davis tells the remarkable life story of the prominent congressman, senator and vice president and noted Civil War figure." -- Lexington Herald-Leader

"Davis explains the importance of Breckinridge's often overlooked contributions and his dedication to American politics. The book presents the story of a Kentucky hero whose life and legacy give insight into our nation's rich history." -- kydirect.net

"[Breckinridge] is the quintessential biography of one of Kentucky's most important but underappreciated figures. Davis' work is the first to delve into the life of a man who lived to serve, and it focuses on his roles as statesman, soldier and diplomat. Davis weaves a detailed narrative, pulling previously unpublished information from a variety of sources." -- civilwar.com

"Breckinridge came, of course, from one of Kentucky's most distinguished families. He added his own considerable luster to the lineage." -- The Kentucky Gazette

"Author Davis, considered the first to write a definitive Breckinridge biography, utilized a variety of sources, including previously unknown documents and letters and papers from associates and the Breckinridge family." -- Eithne O'Leyne, Book News Inc.

"... This biography is well worth the time and investment." -- H-Net Reviews

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"A substantial and needed contribution to the Confederate biography." — American Historical Review

"This is a first-rate biography — well-written, well researched, and with a good balance.... At last John C. Breckinridge has found his biographer." — Journal of Southern History

"Davis tells the remarkable life story of the prominent congressman, senator and vice president and noted Civil War figure." — Lexington Herald-Leader

"Davis explains the importance of Breckinridge's often overlooked contributions and his dedication to American politics. The book presents the story of a Kentucky hero whose life and legacy give insight into our nation's rich history." — kydirect.net

"[Breckinridge] is the quintessential biography of one of Kentucky's most important but underappreciated figures. Davis' work is the first to delve into the life of a man who lived to serve, and it focuses on his roles as statesman, soldier and diplomat. Davis weaves a detailed narrative, pulling previously unpublished information from a variety of sources." — civilwar.com

"Breckinridge came, of course, from one of Kentucky's most distinguished families. He added his own considerable luster to the lineage." — Kentucky Gazette

"Author Davis, considered the first to write a definitive Breckinridge biography, utilized a variety of sources, including previously unknown documents and letters and papers from associates and the Breckinridge family." — Eithne O'Leyne, Book News Inc.

"This biography is well worth the time and investment." — H-Net Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813192550
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
04/28/2010
Pages:
712
Sales rank:
730,874
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.80(d)

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